ASCL comment on Week 18 school attendance statistics

05/05/2021
Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Week 18 school attendance statistics published by the Department for Education today.
 
Commenting on the Week 18 school attendance statistics published by the Department for Education today, Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

Small fluctuations in attendance are always likely because of Covid rules which mean that any positive cases necessitate the self-isolation of close contacts. What is remarkable is how well attendance is holding up.

“This is cause for a great deal of optimism that we are at last leaving behind the misery and disruption of the last year and heading into a more stable period of educational continuity. That is great news for pupils, parents, staff, and communities. 

“Schools and colleges have done an absolutely fantastic job of navigating through the turbulence of the pandemic. There is still some way to go and there is a need for continued caution, but the signs are very good indeed
.”